14 October 2014

Love at First Stitch in North America!

sewing book for beginners

Today's the day - zips become zippers, tacking is now basting, overlockers morph into sergers... The North American edition of my book, Love at First Stitch, is released today - hooray! You can order the book from Amazon.com now...

Love at First Stitch is the book I wish had existed when I started sewing. It takes you from the absolute basics of threading your sewing machine through to creating a wardrobe full of clothes you'll be proud to say you made yourself. Since the best way to learn is to get stuck in, rather than being overwhelmed with theory, each chapter is structured around a project and teaches you just enough techniques to make it.

The projects start off really simple - a headscarf and pajama pants (pyjama bottoms to Brits!) - and build in complexity so before you know it you're confidently stitching up a chic Chelsea collar blouse with pleated sleeves and a lined party dress with scallop neckline (and not a cushion cover or apron in sight). Since sewing should be fun, the tone of writing is encouraging and down-to-earth, hopefully inspiring you to just go for it :)

If you already know how to sew, you can skip over the techniques sections and focus on making up the patterns. There are five patterns included on full scale sheets in the back of the book (some of them require tracing off) - Margot pyjamas, Delphine skirt, Megan dress, Mimi blouse and Lilou dress - plus instructions on how to draft your own simple pattern for the Brigitte scarf and Clemence skirt.

Each chapter also includes a section called 'Make It Your Own' which demonstrates variation ideas for all the projects - making 21 projects in total. The 'Make It a Lifestyle' sections feature (slightly tongue-in-cheek) musings on hot topics around becoming a DIY dressmaker, such as how to fit sewing into a busy life and how to behave in a fabric store.

The book has received over 100 five star reviews on Amazon.co.uk (thank you!) and has been nominated as Best Sewing Book 2014 in the British Sewing Awards (please vote if you haven't done so already!).

I can't wait to see what you make from the book - do send me a photo (or Tweet me), and I'll add it to the other lovely creations in the Maker Gallery.

Order the book from Amazon.com now!


  1. I live in Canada, but learned to sew with your patterns, so I use the British terms. Which always confuses the nice people at the fabric store.

    1. Haha I'm the other way round as I learnt to sew through American blogs - my editor kept having to translate my Americanisms into British English :)

  2. About time! I just checked & my (pre-ordered) copy is in transit, yay!

  3. I'm just waiting for the mail truck to drop by and leave this on my doorstep!

  4. I love your book, I own an awesome pair of sugar skull pjs because of it! Glad you are spreading the sewing goodness internationally!

  5. Congrats on the book award nominations! That's so fantastic. I can't wait to pick up a copy of your book!

  6. Hee hee! I already have my "UK Version" signed by you. :-)
    I couldn't wait....

  7. I live in the U.S. but I ordered your book from the U.K. back in August. It arrived 4 weeks later. At the time I couldn't imagine waiting until October 14. And now it's here! I may have to buy another copy just to see what you sound like speaking American! I've already made the Brigitte scarf and two Margot pajamas (short Hello Kitty and long striped) and a Miette skirt, and I'm getting ready to make a Megan dress (have my fabric bought and prewashed).

  8. Congrats Tilly and best of luck for this launch across the pond. I bet you had to slightly rework the terminology for our American friends!

  9. I already pre-ordered your book using a gift card that I got for my birthday. Finger crossed that it will be waiting for me when I get home from work. I'm looking forward to getting it in my hands!

  10. Yay! I didn't realize you were working on a special version for us kids across the pond :)

    P.s., from what I can tell, I ADORE the design of this book. So thoughtfully laid out and perfectly poppy!

  11. I was so thrilled the book came out in Europe the same day as it came out in the UK! Very detailed information and stunning photo's! I'm a fan! Greetings Linda, www.atelierlindato.wordpress.com

  12. Congratulations! I just love my book :) Hoping to do a book review on my blog soon!

    Amber at www.locketzwithlove.co.uk

  13. Hurray! I've been looking longingly at your website and all the lovely things people have made from the book for awhile, and now we North Americans can join in. Just ordered the book and am very excited.

    And yes . . . I've bought other learn-to-sew books, but I really don't need any more throw cushions or tote bags in my apartment -- there's not a pattern in your new book that I'm not excited about making.


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